Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Black and White Game of Old Maid, Peter J Thomson-Publisher, Cincinatti Ohio

In Cards > Playing Cards > Show & Tell and Games > Show & Tell.
trunkman's loves558 of 4167Embossed Metal TrunksEARLY CHEST
Love it
Like it

trunkmantrunkman loves this.
ravage60ravage60 loves this.
PostCardCollectorPostCardCollector loves this.
DanyellareneeDanyellarenee loves this.
WindwalkerWindwalker loves this.
mareredwaremareredware loves this.
ho2cultchaho2cultcha loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
See 7 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 5 years ago

    (1 item)

    Game of Old Maid Card set, antique black and white card set, original has every piece except missing 1 card, only.Family Gift handed down. Not sure of the actual date, appears this set is from the late 1800's.
    I have been looking for more information, but I am assuming that Thomson was the Publisher of this set in Cincinatti Ohio.

    Playing Cards
    See all
    Vintage Playing Cards 52 DIFFERENT Card Swap 23695 Complete Deck Junk Journal
    Vintage Playing Cards 52 DIFFERENT ...
    Vintage Philibert Le Florentin Playing Cards Emile Becat Ltd Edition Sealed Mint
    Vintage Philibert Le Florentin Play...
    Single Swap Playing Card JOKER CHAR...
    Vintage Hoyle PGC Poker Size Playing Cards Gambling Sealed
    Vintage Hoyle PGC Poker Size Playin...
    Vintage Playing Cards 52 DIFFERENT Card Swap 23695 Complete Deck Junk Journal
    Vintage Playing Cards 52 DIFFERENT ...
    See all


    1. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      This is really a dream of a deck!! Thompson also made a game called "Anagrams, Or Words Alive" colorful cover, boxed card game 1880-1900.
    2. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago

      Peter G. Thomson (20 games) ·

      ~1885 Anagrams, or Words Alive
      ~1885 Authors, Musical
      ~1885 Authors, The Game of
      ~1885 Bird Slips
      ~1885 Blown Up Steam Boat
      ~1885 Cut Up Punch and Judy Puzzle
      ~1885 Cut-Up Jumbo
      1880 Elementaire
      ~1885 Fire Engine Puzzle
      ©1883 Geographical Cards,
      ©1884 Historical Cards,

      ©1884 Mythology, The Game of
      ~1890 Object Slips
      ~1885 Objects
      ~1885 Old Maid and Batchelor, Game of
      1882 Peter Coddle's Trip to New York Peter Coddle
      ©1885 Ski-Hi
      ~1885 Sliced Objects
      ©1883 Verborum, or Word-Building, The Game
      1883 Wang
    3. Danyellarenee Danyellarenee, 5 years ago
      PostCardCollector, I really appreciate your time in posting this information and playing card timelines and dates as well! I am not a collector, this deck just fell into my lap, as I am grateful to get as much info regarding this as I can! If you can give me your e-mail address, if you like, to discuss further. Thank You!
    4. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      I enjoyed doing it!
    5. Alanweb, 4 years ago
      A great old set of Old Maid cards, from about 1884. Thomson was bought out by McLoughlin and later those same printed cards came out under the McLoughlin name, with different boxes. What card are you missing?
    6. Danyellarenee Danyellarenee, 4 years ago
      -Thank you for your reply in regards to this old maid set "Alanweb" I am missing the 1st card, 1- The Donkey, and that is it. If you can tell me what the value in dollars may be for this set of playing cards? -Thanks Danyelle
    7. Alanweb, 4 years ago
      On rare occasions I see those cards. Sometimes you can find them mixed with other cards and it would be possible to find the #1 card, though you would likely end up having to buy another set to find it.
      I hesitate on value, but I will say this. That set, with the box top shown, instructions and cards would probably fetch between $45-$75, possibly a bit more. Collectors often look at condition but I like to look at an items history. Having the torn corner on that old maid tells us a lot about the history of the game and tells us that this particular game was played and enjoyed. The tear was more than likely a player trying to save their hide by marking the card, or better still, torn in anger. I see that so often in sets from the turn of the century, like this one. The old maid is often torn or creased or replaced entirely by another card, appropriately marked "old maid", due to severe damage to the original. I, personally, find that type of imperfection collectible and fun to display. The box and the instruction card are often harder to find than the cards, which seem to outlive the rest. I've seen boxes from that era that actually have the seams sewn with thread, by hand, to keep them together. After all, nights under an oil lamp could be boring. Unlike collectors that seek perfection, I like to see those little signs of human contact. I like a "loved" deck of old cards. Thomson was only in business for about 3 years so you can pretty much be certain of the date, between 1882 and 1884 before being bought out by McLoughlin.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.